“Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don’t forget. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for.”
THE DREGS ARE BACK! (Sorry, that just sounded really cool in my head.)
This is going to be emotional and I apologize.
(And yes, this contains spoilers, so hush, go go and start reading the book before coming back.)
I don’t want to go into detail with the story. It sets in right after the happenings in Six Of Crows. The crew first sets off to free its Wraith and then, Ketterdam. We spend all our time in Ketterdam, getting to know the narrow streets, harbours, bridges, market places, balconys even better -there are so many details the first book wasn´t able to cover. (Plus: Theres a BEAUTIFUL map of the city in the book)
One great thing about the book is that you never really know what´s going on. The plot is so layered and complex and tricky. Seeing the story unfold through the eyes of the different characters leaves you guessing until the last minute. You´ll always be on the edge of your seat, biting your nails.
“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.” (Crooked Kingdom -Leigh Bardugo)
Characters/The Crows/My babes: Alright, so I don´t know where to start. Hands down for Leigh Bardugo, who put so much love in creating every single character. After Six Of Crows I thought: Wow, she really did think about her characters. But after Crooked Kingdom I thought: Wow, she REALLY did think about her characters. I don´t know any other way to put it. They are all so incredible diverse and unique and reasoned.
It´s such a joy to read the story from different point of views. It beautifully adds to the story that all characters have a slighty different view on the happenings. It´s refreshing and amusing. Right, what´s new? Wylan gets his own POVs and they are wonderful. He´s too precious.
“Though Kaz’s tone was easy, Matthias heard the dark anticipation in his words. He had often wondered how people survived this city, but it was possible Ketterdam would not survive Kaz Brekker.” (Crooked Kingdom -Leigh Bardugo)
There are so many things I am so damn happy about.
First. No one is perfect. And I do not mean that in the general cheesy “everybody is flawed” way, but Bardugo has put so many details in every character, they are so realistic and lovable. The flaws are often deep and depressing. And even more important: The flaws are not seen as bad. The flaws are not going to get fixed.
I loved this in particular. There are so many stories where people have flaws which get fixed throughout the strory. Of course, that is not necessarily bad and it might even be desirable in general. But I mean the totally unrealistic view of fixing flaws. When someone is affected by, let´s say, a traumatic event in the past, it´s not automatically going to be gone after a kiss or a hug or anything. In so many stories, these flaws … dissapear? It´s like a character isn´t allowed to have flaws at the end of the story when he/she is supposed to be strong and grown? I just don’t get it.
I was so happy with Crooked Kingdom. No one has to overcome their flaws. They accept it and help each other not to fix it but to live and deal with them. And that’s great. That’s real.
Second. Wylan and Jesper. Okay, I am not going to freak out now. These two becoming canon is like the best thing that could happen, ever. But- not my point now. (I have to take a really deep breath now. Christ.) I meant to point out the great, not mentioned, unimportant, uncommented, totally normal gayness/bisexuality. It´s never (not once!) pointed out by one of the other characters. NOT ONCE. Yes, they do notice it. But it´s so frickin´ normal to them and that’s wonderful. Bless it. It´s the way it should be. (It´s kind of sad that I feel the need of mentioning it but there are so so few books where a gay couple is treated like any other straight couple. So yes. I´m in love.)
“Jesper ran a finger up Wylan’s forearm, and Wylan flushed a vibrant pink. Matthias couldn’t help but sympathize with the boy. He knew what it was to be out of your depth, and he sometimes suspected they could forgot all of Kaz’s planning and simply let Jesper and Nina flirt the entirety of Ketterdam into submission.” (Crooked Kingdom -Leigh Bardugo)
Third. Not everyone lives happily ever after. It was horrible. Yes. And he didn’t deserve it, and Nina didn’t deserve it, and I didn’t deserve it. But it is great storytelling. It is surprising. It happens in the end when everyone thinks they made it out alive.
No mourners, no funerals? I´m happy Matthias gets both.
The book will give you so much joy, happiness, anger, heartbreak, tears and general fist-into-the-air-because-genius-scheming-faces. All at once.
This book deserves to be the brightest star in the sky. I´m gonna marry it. Love to Isa, my all time favorite audiobook-listening-bro. I am so proud of the 18 hours.
📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 (10/10)
PS: Please don´t continue reading. It´s going to be messy. Thanks.
JESPER AND WYLAN, MY ACTUAL RAYS OF SUNSHINE.
BLESS IT, BLESS ALL OF IT, I AM DEAD INSIDE YOU CAN BURY ME NOW
HE SAID HIS FRICKIN EYELASHES WERE LONGER
NINA AND MATTHIAS I DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT, I AM GOING TO CRY AGAIN SO BYE THANKS
REMEMBER, SHE LOVES HIM MORE THAN WAFFLES AND I THINK YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND
INEJ AND KAZ, THEY HOLD HANDS
IS MY TIE STRAIGHT